Cardiology

Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome & Sepsis Part 2: Stabilization & Treatment

Erin McGowan, VMD, and Deborah Silverstein, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC University of Pennsylvania Early recognition of patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis is imperative in order to optimize the chance of patient survival. Early intervention is then necessary to minimize further tissue ischemia, cellular damage, and organ injury. Part 1 of this series—Systemic …

AHS Heartworm Hotline: Canine Heartworm Disease
Principles of Treatment

Charles Thomas Nelson, DVM Animal Medical Center, Anniston, Alabama Companion Animal Practices of North America (CAPNA) The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as …

Cutting Edge Cardiology
Five State-of-the-Art Developments

Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Texas A&M University Making a difference in the diagnosis and management of dogs and cats with heart disease—Dr. Saunders highlights 5 developments in veterinary cardiology: Digital radiography, cardiac biomarkers, smartphone apps and devices, cardiac medication, and interventional procedures. Veterinary practitioners strive to provide patients and owners with state-of-the-art …

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: The RECOVER Guidelines

The RECOVER initiative created the first consensus guidelines on veterinary resuscitation, and discusses the 5 domains of CPR: preparedness and prevention, basic life support, advanced life support, monitoring, and post cardiac arrest care.

Journal Club: Focus on Cardiology

Within the past 12 months, over 140 journal articles discussing veterinary canine or feline heart disease have been published worldwide. The 4 article abstracts presented provide immediately useful information for practitioners and offer new insights into the future of veterinary cardiology. The PROTECT study established the use of pimobendan in Doberman pinschers with preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy. …

An Everyday Approach to Canine Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease

Mark A. Oyama, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) Degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is a common canine cardiac disease; approximately 30% of dogs over age 10 possess the characteristic left-sided systolic murmur of DMVD and resulting mitral regurgitation (MR).1 DMVD is most common in small breeds, with some breeds being highly predisposed. For example, virtually all …

Systemic Hypertension in Dogs & Cats

  Amy Dixon-Jimenez, DVM; Gregg Rapoport, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology); and Scott A. Brown, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM Systemic arterial hypertension is increasingly recognized as a disease that impacts survival and quality of life for small animal patients and, as such, is being diagnosed with more frequency. Patients with hypertension (HT) are often subclinical or …

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